beach portraits

AN EXTENDED FAMILY PORTRAIT SESSION IN CHARLEVOIX // NORTHERN MICHIGAN VACATION PHOTOGRAPHER

 

I’m loving the number of family sessions that I’ve been doing this Summer! I’m here for it. It doesn’t have to take up a ton of time - it can be a quick, uncomplicated shoot at a vacation rental. Memories I made with my own family as a kid during our time “up north” are full of nostalgia and have honestly influenced my life enormously (including moving up here full time). So I’m beyond happy that I can capture and preserve these memories for other families. Like the seasons, time is fleeting - it’s so cliche but true. Document these times together because they go by so fast. Thanks for inviting me you guys!

 

ALLISON & RAY // A JULY WEDDING ON HIGGINS LAKE // ROSCOMMON, MICHIGAN

 

On a Tuesday in July, Allison & Ray tied the knot. They stood on top of a friend’s boathouse overlooking Higgins Lake and read vows and exchanged rings. And laughed. And cried. They made Ray’s daughter, Eleanor, a critical part of their day. They danced and joked together. They remembered Ray’s dad in a powerful way by placing his flag and portrait on the front row of ceremony chairs. Friends surprised them and decorated the van with “just married” chalk paint and streamers. They drank and danced the night away. I’ve been trying to write about this day and coming up short. I haven’t been able to find the right words, but I keep coming back to this: This day felt real. This was truly Allison & Ray’s wedding. It’s hard to explain. There is no way this wedding could have been for anyone else. It was 100% them. It was filled with their personality and I am filled with gratitude because I had the opportunity to tell this story. Cheers!

 

KIM & ANTHONY // GLEN ARBOR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY // THE HOMESTEAD

 

It's not often that you meet a couple who has been together since the 8th grade.  Throughout the day it was honestly hard to tell who was on "Anthony's side" and who was on "Kim's side".  I had a bridesmaid and groomsman say to me, "take our picture!  We have pictures of us together since 7th grade!".  The time that Kim and Anthony have already spent together as a couple created such an amazing bond between them and everyone attending their wedding.  Talk about an incredible atmosphere surrounding them - and we were lucky enough to have the opportunity to photograph it.  Cheers to Kim & Anthony!!

Venue: The Homestead, Hair & Makeup: Lily Jade Salon at The Homestead, Florist & Decor: 307 Events, Paper products & design: Holly Thomas Design, Ceremony music: Festival Strings, DJ: 2Bays DJs, Catering: The Homestead, Cake: Cake Connection, Bride's Attire: Stella York from The Bustle Del Mar, Groom's Attire: Jos. A. Bank.

 

COURTNEY // TRAVERSE CITY MATERNITY PHOTOGRAPHY

I have been friends with Courtney since the fourth grade - the days of juggling soccer balls in the basement and putting on impromptu fashion shows down the hallways.  Being able to watch her begin this new phase of life called motherhood, fills me with happiness.  Seriously, pregnancy really suits her.  I feel honored to capture this incredibly special part of her life.  Photographing people makes me feel connected to them and if I already feel connected, it makes that feeling even richer.  I love you Courta.

 
 

KERRY & NICK // WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY PREVIEW // ST. JOSEPH, MI

WOW!  Our team truly felt welcomed this weekend.  From the moment we arrived in St. Joe's on Friday until we left Sunday morning, we were able to spend time with a fantastic group at an amazing home right on Lake Michigan.  After all of the planning and effort, one single day seems to fly by so fast.  I know Kerry and Nick would have loved to live in this day for a while longer, but they both wrote vows that incorporated truly being present in the moment.  In this way, I know they were able to savor every last minute of September 12th, 2015.

 
 

HUGE thanks to our fantastic assistants Lizzie (a couple shots above are hers!) and Shannon (our fantastic video assistant).  We can't WAIT to share video from this wedding as well!  

Venue: Private Residence, Hair & Make Up: Reva Salon, Flowers: Black Dog Flower Farm, Planning: Small Town Weddings, Catering: Classic Catering, Cake: Bit of Swiss Bakery, Transportation: Cardinal Buses, Inc., Bride's attire: Jim Hjelm, Dimitra's Bridal, ABitofLoveTB Etsy Shop, Groom's attire: Tommy Hilfiger, Johnston Murphy, Shinola Detroit

 

THE GRAJQEVCI FAMILY // CHARLEVOIX FAMILY PORTRAITS

This family is gorgeous.  Both inside and out.  I'm really not exaggerating - Bailey and Visar are so gentle and loving and attentive with their two little kiddos.  It was truly a special session.  The forecast called for rain coming in and out all day, but we had an amazing window right around sunset that was truly unique and created some amazing stormy cloud formations over lake Michigan.  Living up here and taking pictures makes me oh so happy!

 
 

LINDSEY & DREW // SOUTH HAVEN // BEACH ENGAGEMENT SESSION

Last Friday I woke up to rain.  It has been raining a lot here lately, but this is Michigan, which could mean bright sun 10 minutes later.  The same was true last Friday - so in between some pretty intense downpours, we found a couple hours of absolutely beautiful light for Lindsey and Drew's engagement session in South Haven where they had their first date.